5 Dorm Room Accessories You Really Do Need


Shower Shoes and Tote

Shower shoes aren't just for the showers in your local gym. They're also for the lovely communal showers you'll soon be sharing with a floor full of strangers. Shower shoes, flip-flops -- whatever you want to buy or call them -- protect your feet against the fungi and bacteria often present in moist environments, such as showers. If you don't use them, you may pick up athlete's foot or another condition, or merely step on something gross, like a wad of wet hair. (And no one wants to do that.) After showering, dry your shoes with a towel, or set them out somewhere where they can dry quickly. Plastic shower shoes are better than foam ones, as they dry more quickly [source: Xatal].

A shower tote is a handy way to lug your soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and other stuff down to the showers. Totes are typically plastic containers separated into sections, and have holes at the bottom for drainage. You can make your own economical version using a plastic 5-gallon (18.9-liter) ice-cream pail.